NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Museum filled with conversation about the Nutley School district as guests of the Nutley Educational Foundation (NEF) convened in support of the foundation. Approximately 65 current and future donors accepted the Foundation’s invitation to Sip. Savour. & Support education in the township.

NEF President Lorraine Kuzinski welcomed attendees and acknowledged each of the committee members who worked tirelessly to produce the fundraising event. She called on the guests to give a second round of applause to Fundraising chair Blaire Rzempoluch and Event chairpersons Carol Gallagher & Beth Teifert who “were the driving force that made this event a reality.”


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2012 Nutley High graduate Krystle and her husband Joe, volunteered for the event and served an assortment of wine and beer choices for the guests. Krystle said as a culinary student she loved attending the events like the NEF fundraiser. “The culinary classes widened my food horizons and Joe and I are happy to be volunteers for this event.”


 The museum's tiny kitchen area was packed with students from the Nutley High Culinary program who prepared and served ‘savories’ to the guests. Team leader and Junior, Bella, said she loved that the class was ‘hands-on’ and students were ‘always busy’. Class instructor Mr. Huggins assisted the students, along with his beautiful toddler daughter Alise.

Beautifully plated savories prepared and served by the students included: broccoli rabe wontons; fig prosciutto blue cheese flatbreads, tomato basil bruschetta, raspberry cannolli and tiaramisu.


Neil Conlan from Investors Bank said his company was happy to provide an ‘open’ check for $1,000.00 to NEF for whatever the foundation needed.

Spencer Savings Bank donated $1,000 to JHW Middle School Special Education department to purchase a washer/dryer. The presentation by Rula Abudalhuda was made at the May BOE meeting.  Special Ed Life Skills program director Philip Siculietano was grateful, inspiring and energetic in his invitation to other guests to ‘support our schools’.

Principal Lorraine Restel spoke about Mrs. Ruth Bedford’s $5,000.00 donation to the Lincoln school greenhouse project. “Next year, our students will be sharing pictures to show our progress.” Restel said this year the students grew various greens that they harvested and prepared in salads.

Sam Fleitell, owner of Trio Jewelers attended with his wife Michele. Fleitell said: “You can go online and find out about all the non-profits in Nutley. Find one you like and reach out. Everybody has a talent they can offer the the community of Nutley.”

To learn more about Nutley Education Foundation and to become a member, go to Nutley Educational Foundation. 

For a complete list of donors and donations contact The NEF Public Relations Committee. Chairs: Brigette Windheim & Melissa Blum

Be Entertained: As they sipped and savoured, guests were treated to contemporary jazz arrangements by an ensemble of band students. Directors John Maiello and Vincent Vicchiariello watched proudly as their students performed for several Nutley notables including Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer, Mayor Dr. Joseph Scarpelli, former Board of Education and current Planning Board member Jerry Del Tufo, former BOE President Sal Olivo, current BOE Member Charlie Kucinski, Zoning Board attorney Diana McGovern, and Freeholder Ralph Caputo.

Anthony Salimbene, drummer and soon to be 2017 Nutley High graduate will be attending William Paterson in the fall, studying Music Education. Salimbene said: “My biggest inspiration has been Mr. Vicchiariello. I studied with him at the Middle School and throughout High School. He goes above and beyond. He’s always there for me and is a trustworthy friend that I hope will be a friend forever.”

Lorraine Kucinski concluded the event quoting Ben Franklin: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

The Nutley High School Jazz Lab performed the entire night. Hot Jazz Fills Nutley's Brightest Night of the Year

Hope to see you at next year’s Nutley Educational Foundation Spring Fest.

Join a NEF Committee:NEF Committees 

Nutley High Director of Bands John J. Maiello

Director of Bands John H. Walker Middle School Vincent Vicchiariello

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